We are just about done with St. John’s Lutheran Church in Forest, WI. Brad is very proud of this one with good reason. The steeple is roofed with Gerard’s Granite Ridge shingle, and the main body of the church is Gerard’s Canyon Shake.
This is the season of ice dams and if your having problems give us a call for a free inspection to see if we can help prevent damage caused by this icy problem. Ice dams are caused by escaping heat from the home artificially melting the snow on the roof, the water flowing down to the eve and re-freezing. Typically homes that are under-insulated and under-ventilated have this problem. In a properly insulated and ventilated home, what little heat that escapes into the attic space is vented out a ridge-vent and the snow on the roof does not melt in freezing weather. Even homes with good insulation and ventilation can get ice dams if they have gutters. Gutters that are clogged with leaves and pine needles can get an ice dam started. Warm winter weather will melt snow on the roof and re-freeze in the gutters and downspouts and begin to back up onto the roof. Unfortunately the only way to prevent this is to have roof and gutter heat cable installed in the gutter and downspouts PRIOR to snowfall.As featured in our article “Radiant Barrier Insulation“, we discuss the positive benefits and ease of installation of R-foil insulation. This product in combination with our vented metal roof system can just about eliminate ice dam problems on homes that are under- insulated and under-ventilated. On some homes, it can be a very difficult and expensive project to re-insulate the attic space and bring the ventilation up to modern building codes. Our Stone-Coated Metal Roof system has a vented air space under the metal roof. If you chose to add R-foil to the project we will install that right over the existing shingles and under the metal roof! In addition to the benefit of preventing ice dams, your home will stay cooler in the hot summer months as the r-foil reflects radiant heat away from the home.
We had a lot of orders going into this winter and due to the bitter cold and snowfall totals that look like Mount Baker in WA State, we have had a hard time getting them done. Early Spring is the best time to get an estimate, have a look at colors and styles and get a spot on the schedule.
More than likely this season is going to be very busy for roofing contractors. Homeowners that never had ice dams before found that even newer, modern insulated and ventilated homes still had ice dams due to the wild weather we suffered thru in the historic winter of 2013-2014. With all the roof snow removal and ice dam removal it is safe to say that those with asphalt shingle roofs are going to suffer a lot of damage. When roofing contractors get further and further booked out, the laws of supply and demand kick in and you can expect the price to go up. By getting your project and contractor selected and scheduled early in the spring, you can save money and get problems with your roof fixed before they turn into bigger problems with interior damage.
Call Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing now to schedule your free, no obligation estimate with Bruce or myself and we will come out and show you the difference a new stone-coated metal roof can make to both the performance and curb appeal of your home.
Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Barclay:
Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Barclay:
Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Barclay:
Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Country Blend:
Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Windsor:
Give us a call today to schedule your free estimate and see the difference today’s metal roofing can make to your home!
But Mother Nature’s assault on my Ken-Caryl Ranch neighborhood was only a prelude to an even more terrifying attack over the weekend, from a veritable army of representatives from roofing companies exhorting anyone and everyone to cash in on the icy bombardment. And at least a couple of them didn’t want to take “no” for an answer.
At my place, the hail fell for probably a half hour or so, with the orbs falling just shy of golf -ball size — more like jumbo grapes or the sort of hefty steelies coveted by certain marbles players. Here’s a shot of our backyard:Fortunately, we suffered no roof damage this time around — likely because we’d been forced to replace our house topper a couple of years ago, following another hail storm that had legitimately torn things up.
The main issues on our property involved leafy trees and evergreens that had been partly denuded by the frozen fierceness — and when my wife began sweeping our driveway on Saturday morning, she was immediately set upon by roofers going from door to door on our cul de sac, and practically tripping over each other to be the first to a particular entryway. And why not, when so many of our friends and neighbors were ready to make a deal, as witnessed by this photo of three consecutive homes with roofing signs in front of them:My wife said the first several roofing reps who approached her were on the polite side — one even offered to help her clean up — and didn’t press too hard after she said we weren’t interested. But when I went out to help, a rep more or less raced down the block to reach us before anyone else, giving us a hint of the aggressiveness that followed.
I tried to dissuade him in advance by saying we were all set when it came to roofing, but he ignored me, instead pitching my wife. When she also told him we weren’t interested, he kept going, so I tried to interject again. He responded by shrugging me off again and asking my wife what grade of shingles we had (the sort of question 99 percent of homeowners don’t know), prompting me to repeat myself yet again in a firmer tone of voice — at which point he finally said, “Oh? You don’t even want to talk?”
Um — no. And if I’d come to your house and tried to force you to jaw about something that you’d twice said was of no interest, you wouldn’t want to, either.
No sooner had this guy scurried to the next house, an anger-deflecting “God bless” trailing in his wake, than a woman swooped in as I was tugging a trash can full of pine needles into our garage. When I tried to circumvent her rap at the outset, she insisted, “I’m not trying to sell you anything. I just wanted to tell you about a new law….”
About how the State of Colorado believed I should let her company replace my roof, no doubt. I fended her off several more times, but she kept coming, kept coming, until she was practically inside the garage — at which point I finally said, “I’m closing the door now — have a nice day” and pushed the button, hoping against hope that she didn’t lunge under it, waving the law in my face.
I lucked out. But the next day, the roofing minions were back.
On Sunday, we took a morning trip to Boulder, and upon our return, we had three more roofing messages on our front door:Still, this was nothing compared to a home I spotted while walking my dog a short time later. Apparently, the inhabitants had been gone over the course of the weekend — and this is what greeted them upon their return:Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying all of these roofers were perpetrating insurance scams. They’re only trying to make a living, and given the storm’s fury, some folks undoubtedly suffered real roof problems that needed to be addressed. But the most obnoxious of the people who came after us didn’t seem to have much interest in whether we needed a new roof or not. The hail had been heavy, they knew — heavy enough that, with a little nudge from a friendly inspector, our insurer might pony up for a new set of shingles without checking too closely to confirm that they were actually necessary.
Will the roofers still be laying in wait when I return home later today? I sure as hell hope not. But I won’t be surprised if several have clipboards ready the moment I step out of my car.
Oh, the humanity.
By Michael Roberts Mon., Aug. 26 2013 at 6:49 AM
Denver Westward Blogs
Consider a Bjorkstrand Metal Roof to help reduce your energy costs! More and more, homeowners are seeking out energy-saving building materials for their renovations and new homes, products that not only secure and improve structures but also provide long-term cost-cutting on energy bills while promoting environmental and economic sustainability in the greater community.
Among the array of possible upgrades, “cool metal roofing” easily answers this consumer demand offering a solid, attractive roofing solution available in multiple colors, textures, and profiles, for steep-slope and low-slope applications, that can save your household up to 40% of its annual energy costs, depending on your geographical region.
The Benefits of Energy Efficient Metal Roofing:
As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installation of reflective metal roofing can save your home up to 40% in summer cooling energy costs while highly emissive metal roofs can reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12 ° F. Combined, these benefits mean less money out of your wallet, less dependence on energy resources and less general air pollution in your neighborhood and across the nation.
The secret to metal roofing’s energy savings is in its variety of finishes. As shown above, the basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect much of the solar radiation usually absorbed in your attic and home by an asphalt roof. But, for homes in warmer climates, pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed. Where annual cooling loads dominate, a highly reflective and highly emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof is optimal for reducing energy consumption and can actually re-emit up to 90% of absorbed solar radiation.
Additionally, most metal roofing, including stone-coated metal roofing, is composed of recycled material and can be installed directly onto an existing asphalt roof, reducing landfill waste and promoting quick installation as well as decades of environmentally-sound, maintenance-free strength and beauty.
Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Barclay:
In addition to metal roofing’s reflective properties, our R-foil insulation is another way to improve your energy efficiency especially for our customers with older homes. Ask about our R-foil insulation and we can include it as an option on your proposal. We are booking up fast so call today for your free estimate and take the first step towards reducing your heating and cooling costs and installing the LAST ROOF YOU WILL EVER NEED!
Metals USA / Gerard Roofing Technologies provides its contractors with an excellent factory training program. Myself, Bruce, and two of our newer employees just got back from the Metals USA warehouse facility in Kansas City where Bruce and myself took a refresher coarse and our two new employees received their certification to install Gerard Stone-coated Steel Roofing. Rob Anderson, the technical services representative for Gerard, was a pleasure to work with and great trainer. The certification program provides our installers with every possible scenario that they will encounter out in the field. Weather it’s a dormer, skylight, hog valley, pitch change, reverse pitch change, valley detail, sidewall and roof to wall detail, hip and ridge detail, Rob showed us the factory approved method to apply ALL the various Gerard products in these areas.
In addition to the factory approved methods of installation, Rob has accumulated the experience and knowledge from ALL the certified contractors nation-wide. It’s all the ‘little tricks of the trade’, that Rob has accumulated over the years that make this training program so effective. The old saying in our industry is “A roof is only as good as the installer”. This is particularly important with stone-coated steel roofing as it is far more difficult to install than asphalt shingles.
Have Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing professionally install your next, and last roof you will ever buy. We are booking up fast but still have plenty of openings for August thru the fall and early winter. Schedule your free estimate today so we can put one of these roofs on the next truck to Wisconsin!
Here at Bjorkstrands we are very proud of our crew and their dedication to quality and customer service. Here are a few photos from the jobsite showing a Gerard Canyon Shake installation on this beautiful half-log sided home, garage, and lakeside cantina in the Long Lake area near Birchwood:
In this photo we are installing Ice and Water Shield underlayment along the rake edge where we have removed the asphalt shingles back to fit our rake channel flashing. The end result is a nice, clean stone-coated steel rake edge flush with your current D-edge flashing:In this photo, we use a large shear, much like a large paper cutter, to make our cuts, the use of this tool “pinches” the acrylic coating of the shake so as not to leave exposed steel. This helps prevent corrosion on the cut end:This photo shows our metal brake. We can custom bend just about any type of flashing on-site. No matter what unusual situation your home presents, we can make flashing, rake channel or counter flashings on site.Stay tuned folks, we are currently putting together a “Before and After” photography project that shows the amazing difference a Bjorkstrand Metal Roof can make to the curb appeal of your home!
The majority of our clients are folks that are replacing an asphalt shingle roof. Many of them are frustrated because they expected their asphalt shingle roof to last longer. As the price of asphalt shingles rise, and the quality of the shingle goes down, metal roofing is seeing a dramatic increase in market share.Based on survey results from McGraw-Hill Construction and Analytics®, metal roofing has made a significant climb in the residential roofing market, including both new construction and home remodeling projects. With an overall market share of 11% in the re-roofing segment, metal roofing is gaining quickly on competitors’ products. Metal roofs protect homes from extreme weather events with durable, attractive solutions. In the smaller new construction market, metal now accounts for 5.5% of all roofing.
Survey of Homeowner’s reasons for choosing metal roofing:
The McGraw-Hill Construction and Analytics® survey also projected that demand for metal roofing would increase to 1.4 million squares for new construction in 2009 and 13.4 million squares for repair and remodeling. (Note: a square is 100 square feet of roof area). When asked to describe the reason they selected metal roofing, 61 percent of homeowners reported choosing metal roofing for its longevity, while 16 percent stated strength and protection. Other reasons stated: metal is a good investment, a metal roof adds value and is an environmentally friendly product.
If your considering re-roofing your home, compare the life cycle cost, (average cost to own and maintain your roof per square per year), between steel roofing and asphalt petroleum based roofing. You will be amazed at how much spending a little more now will save you 10-15 years down the road. Weather you live in Rice Lake, Bloomer, Eau Claire, Hayward, Spooner, Menomonie, Hudson, Cumberland, Turtle Lake or St. Croix Falls we can deliver the Last Roof you will Ever Need!
Our thoughts and prayers go out for the victims of the Gordon wildfire last week. Thank goodness no one was hurt in the largest forest fire to hit northern Wisconsin in 33 years. The fire, which began Tuesday the 14th, destroyed 17 homes and 30 other structures.
In addition to the loss of these homes and structures, the Gordon area is one of northwest Wisconsin’s most beautiful areas and a popular vacation area. Wildfires like this one are rare in our area but considering fire-resistant exteriors for your home is always a good idea no matter what part of the country you live in.
Our Stone-Coated Steel Roofing carries a class A fire rating, the very best in the industry. One of the best examples of Gerard’s superior resistance to fire is the 1983 Oakland, CA neighborhood Fires. The only homes that survived the fires had Gerard Steel Roofing installed.
In addition to the Oakland, CA fire, the 2003 San Diego, CA fire is another good example. Take a look at Bob and Micheline Gerson’s story from this 1999 Atlanta Fire:
Bob Gerson is certain that his Gerard Stone Coated Steel Roof saved his historic home. He told every TV crew and newspaper reporter the same thing. The four-alarm fire started in #34 and burned it to the ground, spread to #38 (next door – the house where PRINCE OF TIDES was written) and seriously damaged it before fire crews brought the fire under control. Their actions and his Gerard Stone Coated Steel Roof were able to stop the spread. Despite the intense heat from the fire next door, just feet from Gerson’s home, his house suffered little damage. The fire tried to enter through the soffit under the eaves, a common entry point for fire. The Gerard Stone Coated Steel Roof denied the fire any access. Apart from scorched paint and some burn marks under the eaves, the house was undamaged. Two subsequent rainstorms proved Mr. Gerson’s written assertion that the Gerard Roof had saved his home. No water entered the attic.
We all hope that fires like the Gordon, WI wildfire last week never happen close to our homes but with a Bjorkstrand Metal Roof, you can sleep easier knowing you have superior protection from fire. Call for your free estimate today, we are booking up fast, reserve your spot on the calendar to get the LAST ROOF YOU WILL EVER NEED!
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